BALTIMORE Md. (WMAR) — The number of cases of COVID-19 in children continues to rise, raising concerns that more children will develop lasting symptoms.
Maryland’s family knows how severe the symptoms can be.
Lauren Deitz, Lauren’s mother said, “We never dreamed this would happen. She was so sick.”
It all started in August. Morgan Deitz, 8 years old, and Natalie Deitz (10 years old) tested positive for COVID-19.
“We just thought we had very mild cases and we were moving on through the summer. Lauren stated that once we had completed quarantine, we went back to our normal selves.
Morgan began to feel tired a few weeks later. Morgan developed a fever and felt abdominal pains.
Morgan stated, “Then I couldn’t walk anymore.”
Lauren brought her to the emergency department where she was tested for many things. However, all of them were negative. It could have been a virus. However, the doctor recommended that you keep an eye out in case of other symptoms. This is a rare and dangerous condition that can occur after COVID-19 infection.
Morgan woke up next morning with a reddened rash on her hands.
Lauren explained that “that was one of the symptoms that the GP should watch out for”
She was battling childhood multisystem inflammatory disorder (MIS-C) for 10 days at the Johns Hopkins Pediatric ICU.
Dr. Meghan Bernier said, “What happens to these young adults or children is that their immune system becomes overstimulated after an infection.”
Bernier was Morgan’s physician and is the medical chief of the Johns Hopkins Children’s Center’s Pediatric ICU.
MIS-C was first identified in the last year. It is therefore less common and harder to detect early. It is more common in children with mild infections.
“Then, about 2-4-6 weeks later, we start to see the increase in inflammation. They have malaise, generally tired, fever, they may have a rash, abdominal pain and that is what leads them to seek care,” said Dr. Bernier.